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Mount Abram attracts world class coaching

6:26 PM, Jan 3, 2011   |    comments
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GREENWOOD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mount Abram has brought in some world class coaching to improve the quality of its race program.  Three-time Olympian Julie Parisien has joined the program that attempts to make high school racers the best that they can be.

She is joined by Tim Lavallee who coached the U. S. Ski team when Parisien was just arriving at that level.  The two are trying to teach the young racers to bring a professional approach to the sport.

"Our kids are good skiers," said Race Program Director Mark Thibodeau.  "They come to us as good skiers and we want to make them the best. Our goal is to put them on a podium at a state and we've been very successful in doing that."

The program began with six skiers eight years ago and now is up to sixty-six.  It's designed to compliment what is being done in the kids' competitive programs.  It includes a seasons pass at Mt. Abram, coaching, video analysis of each practice, professional course setting and room on the hill.  It's designed to narrow the gap between the competitive level of public school and ski academy kids.

"My entire approach to ski racing has changed," said Lindsey Jacques of Livermore Falls.  "I've become more mentally and physically strong."

Parisien is arguably Maine's best skier.  She won an overall Silver Medal in World Cup, three World Cup races and competed in four Olympics.

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